China Chic

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Press:Regan Books Harper Design (April 11, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-04-01
Author Name:Vivienne Tam


East meets West in this award–winning book of Chinese style by superstar fashion designer Vivienne Tam–and now it's in a cute, smaller trim size trade paperback! Celebrated fashion designer Vivienne Tam shares the rare individuality of her own cross–cultural style, combining traditional eastern elements with a modern Western edge. 
The seductive East–meets–West style is brought alive as Tam takes us on a personal journey featuring the people, places, and things that inspire her.
From the sexy cheongsam (the ultimate feminine dress) to the Mao jacket (gives power dressing a whole new meaning), from the elaborate Chinese opera houses to Zen gardens, she teaches such us how to savour the world in a bowl of noodles and the essence of Chinese design in her favourite Ming chair.
China Chic is style that is hot, hip, and pervasive to today's–and tomorrow's–pop culture.


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Comment List (Total:8)

  •     Wonderful book. One part a unique fashion perspective, one part memoir. As much as the photographs are beautiful, I read it through because it was so compelling. Artistically and sensibly laid out.
  •     Big book with stunning and bright photo illustrations that "bleed" off the page.Ms. Tam understands the style of Hong Kong and China (especially Shanghai) like few others; the best of that style is all here. She writes with enthusiasm and love for many essential aspects of the appeal of a culture known for its centuries-old aesthetic and for its mass-production and other mass sensibilities.Tam's education at the Hong Kong Polytechnic gives her a unique vantage point for isolating Chinese chic. She can view Cultural Revolution paraphrenalia with the eye of a designer, collector, and artist, rather than with painful memories. In a show of global sophistication, she understands East-meets-West sensibility (her chapter on Chinglish is told with an appealing tenderness). The text comes off without a shimmer of self-consciousness or compulsion to 'be Chinese.' There is camp, sex, zen, pizzazz and beauty, exploding off of every page and augmented by Tam's tales of exploration and appreciation.Bonus interviews with composer Tan Dun and choreographer/visionary Danny Yung are painfully short, but the reader still gets a healthy dose of young Chinese intelligensia. The text is endearingly personal, Vivienne Tam sharing with the reader what her senses take in. It's quite delightful.Great keepsake for people who have visited Hong Kong or Shanghai!
  •     The best book you'll ever read about China! It's history and present, it's people, customs, flavor, color, design, books, wedding and funerals... It's cinema, fashion, food, sex... A must for everybody who likes to travel in their minds!...
  •     Unbelievable new book--from the red plastic cover (meant to mirror, and mock, the Little Red Book of Mao Tse-tung) to the great historic photos to the informative text and interviews, this is a unique creation. It's part autobiography (Tam was born in China, moved to Hong Kong at age 3, and grew up there), part fashion history, part contemporary culture, and all fun. Special chapter called "Mao Crazy," on the cult of Mao is worth the cost of the book alone.`
  •     I just decorated my entire apartment in a fusion-asian style and this book was the last item I bought - to sit on my coffee table and accentuate the living room. I look at it all the time!!Beautiful pictures throughout. What a wonderful book!!
  •     If you are interested in Chinese art, culture, clothing, and history, then this is your Bible. Chalked full of photos that pop off the page. This witty and interesting book takes you from Ming to present day China. Vivienne Tam reflects on her life, born in mainland China, raised in Hong Kong, then moving to New York. She tells charming stories about what has influenced and inspired her and her collections. Great interviews with members of China's creative community, and who can forget Mao? The book is designed like a large coffee table version of Mao's little red book! This is simply stunning.
  •     It is a pity that there were a couple of damaged pages in such a nice art book.
  •     I ordered 2 of these and returned one because it arrived with a broken spine. I used to own this book in the larger size and got this smaller one for a friend who was going to visit China. She loved it. It's a beautiful book, I'm hoping to find the larger size again.

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